June 11, 2021

CSDE Seminar Series

Message from CSDE Director, Sara Curran

Congratulations to everyone upon the completion of this very long academic year! All of us at CSDE are sending a loud and cheerful shout-out of great appreciation to our entire community of affiliates, staff, and students. Our weekly seminars on Zoom have reassured all of us, in a small way, just by knowing that you’re still doing okay and able to participate in that vital aspect of scientific communality.

We have a few departures to mention. Our CSDE Evans School RA, Veda Patwardhan, is moving onwards to a wonderful postdoctoral position with CSDE Affiliate Emmanuela Gakidou and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. CSDE Affiliate Maria Bleil is stepping down from chairing CSDE’s seminar program, because she has wonderful new grants that were just awarded. Thank you to you both!

We welcome a few new people to the CSDE team, including Katy Bachman who is serving as CSDE’s Graduate Certificate Advisor. Dr. Jessica Beyer will be joining our Research Science staff and to provide consultations on qualitative methods. Jessica Godwin will be joining our science team and leading this summer’s Population Health Initiative Applied Research Program. Professor David Takeuchi will be joining CSDE’s Executive Committee. Tyler McCormick will be joining as the Science Core PI. Among other initiatives, Tyler will be growing our ‘lunch and learn’ program, which aims to link UW’s innovative methodologists with other scientists seeking to learn and collaborate.  Tyler hosted this week’s very informative pilot program focused on sampling hard to reach populations.  Welcome to all of you!

Additionally, let me take a bit more space to acknowledge a few people and organizations without whom this year really would not have been as functional as it was. Thank you to Scott Kelly, Belinda Sachs, Angie Thai and Gianna Cannataro – they are CSDE’s Administrative team and they are masters of a most amazing juggling act of responsibilities and activities. From grant submissions to grants award management, budget reconciliation and projections, endless amounts of hiring, many events and programs, website updates and quality communications, evaluations and assessments, development and management of organization and information systems, etc… - you name it, they do it with grace and kindness!

Thank you to our computing core team – Matt Weatherford, Alan Li, Moris Vrachovski, and Emily Lust who have accomplished so much this year from remote locations including all of the help desk services to re-hauling and upgrading our systems, renewing licenses, bringing our computing environment up to the highest grade of security, building new virtual servers, and more! 90% of CSDE’s research community depends on the high-quality services they provide and we are extraordinarily grateful for their cutting-edge and reliable systems. Thank you to our amazing scientific staff (Matt Dunbar, Ellie Brindle, Deven Hamilton, Phil Hurvitz, and Christine Leibbrand) who provide top-flight consulting, research services, and infrastructure support (such as our workshops and the UW Data Collaborative).

Thank you to our stalwart faculty leadership team. This begins with Steve Goodreau who ably manages a highly productive summer grants program, an early career investigator year-long workshop, and our seed grant program.  This year, we’ve benefitted greatly from Zack Almquist’s thoughtful leadership as the Training Core PI.  With Ellie Brindle, Melanie Martin’s co-direction of the Biodemography Lab has transformed that resource and forged new ties across campus. Huge thank you to Maria Bleil for her leadership of the seminar series this year! It was a flawless program and reached hundreds of researchers. We are indebted to the service of the Primary Research Area Chairs who organized panels and supported working groups, they include Ann Bostrom, Anjum Hajat, Heather Hill, Nathalie Williams and Mark Ellis, and Zack Almquist and Adrian Raftery.  Additionally, members of our Executive Committee always seem to be there for us and we’re so grateful; they include Kyle Crowder, India Ornelas, Jon Wakefield, Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, Melissa Martinson, Sarah Stone, Tyler McCormick, and Thaisa Way. None of our communication would be possible without the great, great work of CSDE’s Evans School RA – Veda Patwardhan! Thank you, Veda!

CSDE’s capacity to support your research requires important resources, including valuable center grant support from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development research infrastructure grant, P2C HD042828. This support is complemented by invaluable resources from UW’s College of Arts & Sciences, College of Built Environment, Evans School of Public Policy & Governance, School of Public Health, School of Social Work, the Population Health Initiative, eSciences Institute, Urban@UW, and the Office of Research. Our trainees have benefitted greatly from the resources associated with a Schmidt Endowment, a Shanahan Endowment Fellowship and a Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development training grant, T32 HD101442-01.

Finally, none of this could happen without all of you – the members of the CSDE community who are pursuing great ideas and answering important research questions with innovative methods and data!  Thank you!


On behalf of us all, I wish you a very good and restorative summer!


~ Sara Curran, Director


P.S. keep the news coming throughout the summer to csde@uw.edu  – please don’t forget to share newly, or soon to be, published research, any mentions in the news media, new grant awards, reports, honors, and other accomplishments – not only do we want to know, but so do your colleagues!

P.P.S. BTW, CSDE e-news will move to a bi-weekly schedule for the summer.(read more)

CSDE Research & Highlights

CSDE Welcomes New Graduate Certificate Trainees!

CSDE is excited to welcome its newest cohort of Trainees! Taylor Riley (Epidemiology), Aryaa Rajouria (Sociology), Maitreyi Sahu (Health Metrics Sciences), Daniel Cockson (Epidemiology), Aminah Mabruk (Sociology), Mary Bridge Waters (Epidemiology), Larissa Caldeira (Sociology), Esteban Valencia (Epidemiology), and Hiwot Zewdie (Epidemiology) will be joining the 2021-2022 Cohort. Welcome to our new students and we look forward to meeting you on campus in the Fall! While CSDE’s 2020-2021 cohort of Trainees joined CSDE in January, we look forward to finally meeting them in person next year as well!

For those of you who have not met our 2020- 2021 Trainees, we encourage you to reach out to and learn about their amazing research and community involvement. They include Izzy Sederbaum (Evan School of Public Policy), June Yang (Sociology), David Coomes (Epidemiology), Will von Geldern (Evans School of Public Policy), Diane Xue (Public Health Genetics), Ihsan Kahveci (Sociology), Ellie Terry (Evans School of Public Policy), Postyn Smith (Geography), Colin Baynes (Global Health), Haley Comfort (IHME), Callie Freitag (Evans School of Public Policy), Maxine Wright (Sociology), Thomas Lindman (Evans School of Public Policy), Natalie Vaughan-Wynn (Geography), Elizabeth Pelletier (Evans School of Public Policy), Courtney Allen (Sociology), Breon Haskett (Sociology), and Horacio Chacon-Torrico (Global Health). CSDE is grateful to have such a
wonderful community of students! (read more)

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Pittman Elected Chair of the American Sociological Association Section on Race, Gender, and Class

CSDE Affiliate LaShawnda Pittman was elected chair-elect of the American Sociology Association’s Section on Race, Gender and Class. This is a great honor and important scientific recognition of Dr. Pittman’s work. This recognition and leadership role come at a critical time for sociologists and society. Congratulations, LaShawnda! (read more)

Catron Wins American Sociological Association Paper Award!

CSDE Affiliate Peter Catron has the won the Louis Wirth Best Article Award for his AJS piece, The Citizenship Advantage. This award is made each year by the Sociology of Migration Section of the American Sociological Association.  Drawing on new linked census data and a clever research design, Peter analyzed how naturalization policies during the early 20th century influenced the economic success of Southern and Eastern European immigrants across generations. Congratulations, Peter! (read more)

Swanson Published in PAA Affairs wrt Census’ Proposed Synthetic Micro-datasets

CSDE Regional Affiliate David Swanson has been working on understanding better the consequences of the US Census Bureau’s plans to replace the public use microdata (PUMS) with synthetic data sets derived from the original data. Swanson’s most recent analyses and results using a hypothetical example was just published by PAA Affairs here. (read more)

*NEW* RFP: Predictive Intelligence for Pandemic Prevention Phase I Development Grants

Applications are open for NSF’s  “Predictive Intelligence for Pandemic Prevention Phase I: Development Grants  (PIPP Phase I) ” grants. The Predictive Intelligence for Pandemic Prevention initiative is aimed at better understanding the dynamic nature of pathogen and disease emergence, a continuing risk to our national security, health, and economic stability. The first phase of the initiative provides support for development grants that identify major challenges involved in predicting and preventing pandemics and how those challenges could be overcome through the creation of multidisciplinary research centers. Researchers from a broad range of scientific disciplines — including those in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences — are invited to submit proposals to develop multidisciplinary research centers that can address the complex challenges involved in forecasting and avoiding future pandemic-scale outbreaks. Phase 1 proposals should be submitted no later than October 1, 2021. To join an informational webinar on July 13, click here. (read more)

NIH Launches Bridge2AI – Build a Team by July 20 & Submit a Proposal by August 20

The NIH Common Fund has a new Research Opportunity Announcement (ROA) for Data Generation Projects for the Bridge to Artificial Intelligence (Bridge2AI) Program (OT2). This ROA is soliciting data generation projects to create flagship datasets based on ethical principles, associated standards and tools, and skills and workforce development to address biomedical and behavioral research grand challenges that require artificial intelligence and machine-learning (AI/ML) analysis. Please refer to the research opportunity announcement for additional information on application submission and review. Inquiries can be sent to the Bridge2AI program team at bridge2AI@od.nih.gov. A Letter of Intent (LOI) must be emailed to bridge2ai@od.nih.gov by 11:59 PM ET on or before July 20, 2021. For more information about the Bridge2AI program and Grand Challenge Team Building Activities taking place in June 2021, read more here. (read more)

Attend NCHS Webinars on NHANES and Designing Survey Questions (6/16/2021 & 6/22/2021)

On Wednesday, June 16, 2021, NCHS will host a webinar “National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2017 – March 2020 Pre-pandemic Data Release” at 2:00pm ET. Join NCHS to learn about this unique data release from NHANES. For registration details, please visit the webpage here.

On Tuesday, June 22, 2021, NCHS will host a webinar “Designing Survey Questions about COVID-19” at 2:00pm ET. Learn about the development and testing of COVID-19 survey questions from experts with the Collaborating Center for Questionnaire Design and Evaluation Research (CCQDER) at NCHS. To register, please visit the web page here. (read more)

Attend AAAS Symposium on Health Inequities Exposed and Exacerbated by the COVID-19 Pandemic (6/30/2021)
On Wednesday, June 30th, 2021, AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellows representing the Social Science, Biodiversity, and Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) Affinity Groups are hosting a day-long virtual symposium addressing ‘Health Inequities Exposed and Exacerbated by the COVID-19 Pandemic’. The symposium will feature expert panels on healthcare access, health literacy, and the long-term social, behavioral, and economic impacts of COVID-19 mitigation efforts. To register for the symposium, click here. Any questions can be directed at the symposium email address (read more)

NASEM Division on Behavioral and Social Science and Education (DBASSE) Forum on Child Well-being Continues (6/14/2021 – 6/30/2021)

The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) is sponsoring a series of forums on Children’s Well-Being from May 20-June 30. Registration is free. Read more to see the remaining schedule. (read more)

NCHS Releases Provisional 2020 Child Birth Data

The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has just released provisional 2020 births data. Births: Provisional Data for 2020 compares national data on births from 2019 and 2020 by maternal age, race, and Hispanic origin. The total number of births in the United States in 2020 was 3,605,201, down 4% from 2019. (read more)

NHANES Releases 2017- March 2020 Pre-Pandemic Data

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) released 2017- March 2020 pre-pandemic data in May. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2019-2020 NHANES suspended data collection in March 2020, before the full two-year data collection was completed. As a result, NCHS merged the 2019–March 2020 NHANES data with the 2017–2018 NHANES data to create a special pre-pandemic data set. The pre-pandemic data set provides nationally representative estimates on selected health outcomes. To download the data and for more information, click here. (read more)


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